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Art Triggers a Conversation About Guns

Frustrated with gun control battles at the federal level, two Connecticut women have set out on a different path — organizing a yearlong active dialogue about gun violence with art playing a big role. And Westport is central to their efforts.

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Part of the marketing materials developed for the project. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed graphic

The project, which they call “Unload-CT: Art Triggers a Conversation,” includes a gun buyback in Hartford with some weapons given to local artists to turn into art and later exhibited at New Haven’s Artspace.

There also will be a guns-into-art exhibit in Fairfield, which is currently traveling nationally, panel discussions (the first Jan. 19 at Grace Farms in New Canaan), a film series in Hartford, multiple events at arts institutions statewide, and a partnership with a Westport Country Playhouse production.

“We want to engage people, not just have discussions; we want change,” said Helen Klisser During, artistic director emeritus of the Westport Arts Center.

Monday, November 27, 2017


8 a.m. – Town Hall Room 201/201A – Saugatuck TOD Steering Committee
9 a.m. – Westport Weston Family Y – Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Westport Historical Society – “06880+50: Visions of Westport in Fifty Years”
7:30 p.m. – Westport Country Playhouse – BMA Broadway Sings
7:30 p.m. – Staples Cafeteria B – Board of Education (live on cable channel 78, Frontier channel 99, & www.westport.k12.ct.us)

See more events:  Celebrate Westport Calendar

Fishermen on Bridge Lead to Train Traffic Shutdown

Train traffic over the Saugatuck River in Westport was shut down for more than an hour tonight while Westport and Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) police investigated whether a train had struck two fishermen on the bridge, Westport police said. An investigation determined they were unharmed.

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A Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) police car is parked tonight near the railroad bridge over the Saugatuck River in Westport. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Traffic was halted at about 8:15 p.m. and resumed about 9:25 p.m., but Metro-North said resulting delays were up to 50 minutes.

According to Westport police, they received a call at about 8:15 p.m. “regarding a possible pedestrian strike” occurring on tracks east of the Metro-North Westport station.

“A Metro-North conductor reportedly observed two individuals carrying fishing equipment crossing the tracks in an unauthorized area,” said Lt. Matt Gouveia.

Waiting for the All Clear

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UPDATE New York-bound Metro-North train waits tonight for the all clear on the railroad bridge over Saugatuck River. Train traffic on all four tracks was halted for more than an hour after a train engineer spotted two fishermen on the tracks and was unsure if his train may have hit one or both, according to Westport police. The men ran away, but train traffic was delayed in both directions while police investigated. Police later found a car on Underhill Parkway belonging to one of the fishermen, who confirmed they were on the bridge and were unharmed. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Contributed photo

Police Activity on Saugatuck Railroad Bridge Halts Train Traffic

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UPDATE A Metro-North train is halted on the railroad bridge over the Saugatuck River in Westport tonight as police ordered all trains to stop. Service was resumed about 9:25 p.m. Westport police said a train came to a halt when the engineer spotted two fishermen on the bridge and was unsure if the train had hit one or both. Service on all four tracks was halted until it was determined the fishermen had left the bridge unharmed. Train traffic in both directions was delayed up to 50 minutes, Metro-North said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jaime Bairaktaris for WestportNow.com

Controversial Cop Leaves New Haven for Westport

By Paul Bass

www.newhavenindependent.org

A New Haven detective with a history of allegedly abusing the public’s rights and lying about it has decided to wear a badge for another community.

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Daniel Conklin outside federal court in New Haven this fall. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Christopher Peak for newhavenindependent.org

The detective, Daniel Conklin, has resigned from the New Haven force effective Nov. 27, according to the city’s human resources office.

The Town of Westport’s police department has hired Conklin.

“We’re looking to swear him in next week,” Westport Lt. Jillian Cabana told the New Haven Independent.

Bertha D. Rosenbush, 105

Bertha D. Rosenbush of Westport died Nov. 24 at home. She was 105.

The wife of the late Walter E. Rosenbush Sr. was born in Norwalk on Nov. 6, 1912 and has been a resident of Westport since 1935.

She was a member of Assumption Church and the Catholic Daughters Court of Assumption. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She is survived by one son: Walter E. Rosenbush Jr. and his wife Gudrun, three grandchildren: Michael Rosenbush and his wife Emily, Steven Rosenbush and his partner Jenifer and Heidi McKenzie and her husband John, five great-grandchildren: Maxwell Rosenbush, Anabelle Rosenbush, Lucy Rosenbush, Charlotte McKenzie and James McKenzie. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by five sisters: Marie Bass, Anna Palinkas, Margaret Lebanc, Ethel Garbaldi and Helen Hayden.

Granger at the Movies: ‘Wonder,’ ‘Novitiate,’ ‘Justice League’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

Are Hollywood’s title-titans trying to confuse us? “Wonder Woman” was the hit of the summer.

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Last week, I highly recommended Todd Haynes’ imaginative “Wonderstruck.” Now, I’m touting the family-oriented drama “Wonder”…and soon we’ll get Woody Allen’s new “Wonder Wheel.”

“Wonder” begins as August “Auggie” Pullman (Jacob Tremblay) earnestly explains, “I’m not an ordinary 10-year-old kid.” He was born with Treacher Collins syndrome, a rare genetic mutation that causes severe facial deformities.

After enduring 27 surgeries, Auggie is acutely aware of his physical appearance. Hiding beneath a space helmet and home-schooled by his mother (Julia Roberts) at their Brooklyn brownstone, he’s petrified to enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep School.